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Gen. Martin Dempsey: ‘Whole-of-Gov’t’ Approach Could Help Address National Issues

Gen. Martin Dempsey
Gen. Martin Dempsey

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said the adoption of what he called the “whole-of-government” concept could help address national issues, DoD News reported Tuesday.

Jim Garamone writes the approach aims to confront national issues through military power, economic, law enforcement and diplomatic means.

Dempsey told DoD News the importance of diplomacy in the resolution of factions and the role of law enforcement officials in justice and rule of law implementation.

“The military instrument, while it can bring a degree of stability to provide an opportunity for those underlying issues to be resolved, in and of itself and solely, it cannot resolve those,” sad Dempsey, who is set to retire by the end of this month.

“The phrase whole-of-government is not just desirable –it’s actually imperative.”

Dempsey also urged caution on the use of the military instruments “because the stakes are just so high.”

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